Rain to Return with a New Album Next Year

Singer and actor Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) is planning a comeback for next year.

On November 11, numerous music officials confirmed Rain’s plan to release a new album sometime early next year, and he is recording his songs. Rain completed his military duty in July and moved his agency to Cube DC. He is currently working on his new album in a studio in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.

Personnel affiliated in the K-Pop industry stated, “He has already finished recording about six tracks,” and, “There are a few tracks written by the singer himself. He is brainstorming whether he will come back with the same image he had before he enlisted in the army or show a different side of himself.”

Another official said, “He is looking for singers to be featured on his new album. Many singers are planning a comeback for January 2014, but Rain’s new album is much anticipated by pop music officials especially since it will be his first album after his military service.”

Rain will be returning to the stage after 2.5 years since the release of his digital single “Busan Girl,” prior to his enlistment in August 2011. After his release, he has received many offers to star in various films and dramas, but Rain is focusing on his singing career. It is presumed he intends to show his will to go back to the basics.

Rain held a fan meeting on October 12 with 3,000 fans in Korea where he revealed, “I’m planning a song and a performance that will show different sides of me. I want to show you what I do well, but I also want to take on a new challenge. What is clear is that I will be coming out with music that will not only be enjoyed by Koreans but people from all over the world.”

Prior to his comeback, Rain will be readjusting to performing on stage through his Japan tour, “2013 Rain Zepp Tour – Story of Rain.” On November 14, he will perform in Nagoya and make stops in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo until November 28.